Elder Law is a highly specialized area of legal practice devoted to the needs of the elderly, individuals with special needs, their families, and those planning for the future, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Elder Law attorneys must be knowledgeable in many areas of law, including guardianship, long-term care planning, advance directives, estate planning, probate and trust administration, asset protection, special needs trusts and planning, and elder abuse. Elder Law attorneys take a holistic approach to addressing clients' concerns by focusing on the problem to be solved and not one particular area of law.
Now that your child has turned eighteen, they are legally considered to be adults. Chances are both the parents and the young adult alike are experiencing many life changes. College decisions, graduation and prom just to name a few. The protective parent child relationship that we are accustomed to since their birth is also changing, at least legally. At a time when our young adults may be moving away from home and seem to need us even more, we are no longer entitled to see their medical, academic or financial records. In cases of emergencies we may even be prevented from making medical decisions for them. As parents of young adults we need to be prepared for issues that may arise where they are away from home and may need our help.